Designing Second Language Performance Assessments / Edition 1

Designing Second Language Performance Assessments / Edition 1

by John M. Norris, Thom Hudson, James D. Brown, Jim Yoshioka
     
 

ISBN-10: 0824821092

ISBN-13: 9780824821098

Pub. Date: 06/06/1998

Publisher: National Foreign Language Resource Center

This volume focuses on the decision-making potential provided by second language performance assessments. The authors first situate performance assessment within a broader discussion of alternatives in language assessment and in educational assessment in general. They then discuss issues in performance assessment design, implementation, reliability, and validity.…  See more details below

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This volume focuses on the decision-making potential provided by second language performance assessments. The authors first situate performance assessment within a broader discussion of alternatives in language assessment and in educational assessment in general. They then discuss issues in performance assessment design, implementation, reliability, and validity. Finally, they present a prototype framework for second language performance assessment based on the integration of theoretical underpinnings and research findings from the task-based language teaching literature, the language testing literature, and the educational measurement literature. The authors outline test and item specifications, and they present numerous examples of prototypical language tasks. They also propose a research agenda focusing on the operationalization of second language performance assessments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824821098
Publisher:
National Foreign Language Resource Center
Publication date:
06/06/1998
Series:
Technical Report Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
0.51(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Alternatives in Second Language Assessment1
"Alternative Assessments"2
Alternatives in Assessment3
Ch. 2Performance Assessments7
What Are Performance Assessments?7
What Should a Performance Assessment Look Like?9
How Are Performance Assessments Developed?10
Why Bother With Performance Assessment?14
What Problems Occur in Performance Assessment?16
What Steps Can Be Taken to Avoid Performance Assessment Problems?21
Where Do Performance Assessments Fit Into a Language Curriculum?27
What Examples Exist of Actual Performance Assessment Projects?30
Summary30
Ch. 3Task-Based Language Teaching31
What Are Tasks?32
What Is the Role of Needs Analysis in Task Selection?35
What Are the Factors that Affect Task Difficulty and Sequencing?39
Ch. 4Task-Based Assessment53
How Do We Assess Task-based Performance?53
What Are the Factors that Affect Task-based Assessment Reliability?60
What Are the Factors that Affect Task-based Assessment Validity?61
What Are the Factors that Affect Task-based Assessment Practicality?64
What Are the Steps Involved in Developing Task-based Assessment?65
Ch. 5Test and Item Specifications69
Test Specifications70
Item Specifications82
Ch. 6Item Prompts99
Ch. 7Conclusions137
Immediate Plans for Research137
Suggestions for Future Research141
References143
AppExample Items and Item Generation151
About the Authors and how to Contact them227

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